Tree Detail

Salix alba


Willow, Russian Golden

Salix alba   "Vitellina"

Category: deciduous tree   Size: medium

Mature Size: 40 - 50' by 30 - 40'

Zone: To 3   Growth Rate: fast


Elevation (if known): To 7,500'

Water: Drought tolerant once established.

Soil : Best in moist soils, but somewhat adaptable.


Comments: Willows have shallow, invasive roots. Consider location.

Warnings: As they mature, they shed many small branches and twigs. Often considered messy. Invasive roots. In spring leaves are almost yellow and then become green. Golden bark.

Alamosa Tree Board Recommended? yes

Street Tree? no   Street Tree Conditions: Probably not a good choice due to invasive roots and shedding of branches and twigs.

CO/NM native? no   Native to: To Europe, N Africa

Known Locations:

Information Sources: Alamosa Tree Board; Colorado Springs website